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Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Bell's Consecrator DoppelbockBell's Consecrator Doppelbock

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very good

1,029 Ratings

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Ratings: 1029
Reviews: 595
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 1,029 | Reviews: 595 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty transparent mahogany with a decent light yellowish-beige head. Aroma is malty and strongly spicy, mainly of cloves and cinnamon. Pleasantly spicy flavor is mainly of cloves and malt with a hint of caramel. Texture is very smooth, a bit thick, edgy and rather fizzy.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2010 00:28:06 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of Contagion


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It pours a rich ruby red and brown color. A thick frothy head formed that faded quickly to a film on the top of the beer and then to nothing. There is no lacing. The beer itself is clear. Light and images have no problem passing through.

The first thing I noticed when smelling it is that it has a very sweet smell. It's almost like a barleywine like scent. The sweetness contains a fruity scent or raisins, prunes and tart cherries. A caramel malt scent balances it out. There is also a hint of alcohol that can be detected. The flavor is very much like the scent. Caramel malts with a touch of tart cherries. There is also an earthiness to it that that helps round out the flavor, making it more palatable. There is a slight alcohol taste to it, but not bad based on the fact it is 8% ABV.

This is a medium bodied beer with a touch of creaminess to it. There is a good level of carbonation so that it keeps fresh, but is also easy to drink.

Overall this is a nice doppelbock. It's a little sweeter than what I prefer, but not bad. With an 8% ABV I don't know that I would want to drink too many of them, but it is a good one to sit back on a hot summer night and enjoy one with some friends.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2010 01:04:15 | More by Contagion
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky, muddy coppery brown color with no head, lacing or retention. Smell is of sweet carmel malts, roasted nuts, brown sugar and hints of plum. Taste is carmely sweet at first sip, mellowing out to nutty, pruney, rasiny and slight brown sugary and biscutiy profile with a decent amout of bittering hops on the end. Medium to full bodied, slick and oily on the palate, lacking carbonation. Not a bad beer because it manages to avoid being cloyingly sweet, but nothing too memorable compared to others in the style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2010 14:17:35 | More by rfgetz
Photo of Tone


4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, red color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, pale malt, and slight hop. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with a low carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, pale malt, slight hop, and a slight hint of citrus. Overall, a good blend, body, and aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2010 22:27:26 | More by Tone
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4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 3/8/10.

A - Clear reddish bronze body with lively carbonation and one-finger frothy beige head that reduced to a quarter inch of retention, leaving some stringy lacing along the glass.

S - Sweet and malty with a tinge of alcohol and a distinctive dark fruit tang - the way a Dopplebock should be. Some light earthy hops also emerged from the background, adding a bit more depth to the aroma.

T - Initial flavor combines lots of caramel and toffee sweetness with a tangy dark fruit presence and subtle alcohol notes. Finishes with a dinsinct toasted grainy malt character with a hint of herbal, earthy hops.

M - Medium to full bodied and chewy with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Finishes with a hint of alcohol warmth and residual sweetness on the palate.

D - Solid Dopplebock overall, though perhaps a tad too sweet overall. With that said, I found this to be a very good representation of the style with a round, chewy mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2010 21:31:24 | More by ffejherb
Photo of mwa423


4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very clear milk chocolate brown with a finger of slightly off white head.

S - Lighter smell than most doppelbocks just some dried fruit and sweet malt.

T - Taste is very sweet and rich, lots of dried fruit, a tiny bit of alcohol taste on the end of the tongue.

M/D - Mouthfeel is full and rich, no burn from the alcohol only some flavor. This is a dangerously smooth drinking doppelbock that can certainly warm days in the ides of March.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2010 21:29:32 | More by mwa423
Photo of Wheelinb


3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I am a big fan of many beers from Bell's and this one was new to me. When it came I got a distinct malty smell. The color was really deep and rich with very little head. However, I found the flavor to not be quite to my liking. I lean more toward a strong, bitter, hoppy flavor. This beer was a little sweeter than I tend to like and more malty. It was great to sample, but I doubt I try this again. On the other hand, my wife loved it as this is more of her style of beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2009 14:00:21 | More by Wheelinb
Photo of gofreaksgo


4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful, rich red-brown color. Thin 1 inch head that disipates fairly quickly. Beautiful lacing.

S: Sweet with a hint of licorice. Very subdued. Apricots.

T: Lighter than expected. Almost no hop bitterness. Very malty sweet but not overwhelming. Almost too sweet.

M: Bubbly, light, refreshing. Thin and smooth.

D: Goes down real easy. I could easily get in trouble with this one. Luckily it's a seasonal.

Overall this is a great lighter doppelbock from a great brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2009 23:17:43 | More by gofreaksgo
Photo of johnmichaelsen


3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap that Bishop's Collar the other day.

The beer pours a brownish amber color with OK head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty one dimensional, though it's fairly attractive. I get lots of brown sugar and molasses, and that's pretty much it. The beer smells as if it will be fairly sweet. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose; I really think this beer would benefit from some additional spice and/or hoppiness. As it is, it really just tastes like a pleasant, moderately sweet brown ale. The beer has a medium mouthfeel and alcohol is a bit more noticeable then I would like. The beer comes across as a bit tiring on the palate, and I found myself glad that I only got the one 12 ounce snifter.

An OK beer, but far below what I've come to expect from Bell's. Fortunately, I was able to get a fresh glass of two hearted afterwards to wash away the taste of the consecrator.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2009 13:08:21 | More by johnmichaelsen
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District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark but clear amber brown. Pleasant. Very creamy head, a light tan color. Uber-long retention, finally settling to a pretty thick cap n' ring. Lots of sticky lacing.

Lots of different malt notes to the aroma. Dark bread. Some chocolate. Roasted notes. Hints of spice. A full aroma - sweet but also dry, and not without spice.

More roasted taste than I anticipated from the smell. Chocolate. Raisins. Some alcohol spice. Finishes pretty darn dry. Undercurrent of citrus hops.

A thick hearty brew. Both chewy and creamy in feel. Low to moderate carbonation (I could've used a wee bit more, drinkability-wise) with the CO2 prickliness nicely playing off of and with the beer's spice.

Not Celebrator, but damn good.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2009 18:50:20 | More by TheMistler
Photo of Pubcrawler


4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting to try this beer on draft before I rated it, and it's very delicous.

A - A dark carmel color, with a good frothy Head. Spider web foam left on the glass.

S - Smells of malts, hit of hops and alcohol.

T - Somewhat sweet, and alcohol taste, but yet balanced.

M - Light to medium feel, yet smooth down the throat.

D - Very drinkable beer, but not too many in one night due to ABV, but definetly wish this was around alot longer then it is.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2009 22:48:25 | More by Pubcrawler
Photo of Spacemonkey6945


2.42/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I tried this on tap at Bells Brewery in Kalamazoo Mi along with 5 other stellar Bells beers. I was vastly disappointed in the consecrator doppelbock. I rarely meet a beer I don't like, or at least wont drink. However Consecrator doppelbock takes the cake. It tastes like burnt sugar mixed into more sugar and then mixed with a bunch of sparingly carbonated toilet water.

The sweetness is overpowering as is the caramel maltiness. Only very slight bitterness and hop presence. Mouth feel is very watery and under carbonated.

I was not impressed

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2008 15:39:36 | More by Spacemonkey6945
Photo of tempest


3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Blue Nile, served in a Bell's tulip.

One of the most drinkable doppelbocks I've ever had. This sucker just disappeared from my glass. Unlike the big melonoidins and licorice flavors you'd get out of Spaten Optimator, this doppel is much smoother in flavor with sweet, bready, and slightly fruity caramel and toffee malts. There's also a bit more hops to this beer with a slight herbal note in the back of the flavor. The hops seem to add more balance, which along with slightly light for the style body, makes for the easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2008 20:16:31 | More by tempest
Photo of IBUnit63


4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice, clean, copper body. Very light head.

Scent is also very clean - actually can detect some grapes? Mild

Caramel flavor and malt presence leads the parade here

This has a very clean feel to it but finishes full

Very drinkable, even though the overall package and flavor does not overwhelm

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2008 12:38:19 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of ROMER79


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was a nice ruby red with a tan one finger head into a tulip glass straight from the tap. It smelled of fruits, spices, and caramel. A lot of flavors came through on this beer. I was able to pick out: dates, raisins, and caramel with a slight sour feel and an alcoholic after note. This beer was drinkable, but not a session beer for me. The mouthfeel was average. Nothing really hit me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2008 02:09:28 | More by ROMER79
Photo of hrking


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I personally found this beer to be very enjoyable. I had this on draft at the Herot in Muncie,In. one of the most awesome places in the world to have a beer( I think this place rates in the top 50)..This was fresh no doubt as the keg had just came in and was recommended by one of my favorite bartenders "Joel"..
This beer surprised me starting with a sample I went for the full pint. This is an ass kicker @ 10% alc content it hides it very well and almost no alcohol is present on the pallette. Hints of honey,Malty, slight hop after taste..very well done ..This is a Bock and a Double at that. It taste more like a strong amber or double amber from Bell's along the same taste. I see where this beer is getting negative reviews in the bottle but if you get a chance try it on draft DO IT..start with a sample then go for the pint if you like it. Me ,personally I love it and had another pint..OOHH yea I felt a little wobbly after those 2 pints of 10% but hey I didn't even notice until I got up from the barstool! CHEERS!

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2008 06:40:17 | More by hrking
Photo of TheBierBand


4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleased to find that one of my favorite establishments in the world is now putting BELL's on-tap! Mecklenburg Gardens, Cincinnati, OH has always been renouned for it's German cuisine and bier selection. Now, they've added a feather in their cap... BELL'S!

So, since The Bier Band was performing for a Bier Dinner at Mecklenburg's, I ordered up a big ol' litre of BELL's Consecrator. It was served with a big 1-1/2" off-white head that was poking over the rim of the giant mug. This almost cried to have a picture taken of it! The bier was a bright copper in color and quite clear.

The nose was of toasted malt and molasses.

Taste: Quite good! I picked up on toasted malt, molasses and dried fruit.

MF: Quite rich and robust. Appropriate carbonation that led to a nice creamy feel (just how I like it) and a bit of a warming sensation from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Over the course of the evening, I had 2 liters... this was plenty. I was full, but I wasn't falling down either. I recommend Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2008 19:19:36 | More by TheBierBand
Photo of dsigmon


3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: copper color, quickly dissipating head with very little lacing.

S: malty sweetness then burnt malt

T: same as it smells. dark ripe fruits in the background with initial tastes of charred malt

M: too thin but very smooth

D: one was plenty and all I would want.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2008 14:58:53 | More by dsigmon
Photo of mcallister


3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish copper colored and very clean and vibrant sparkle. Pours with virtually no head and what is present is white in color.

Caramel with melted toffee and slight milk chocolate sents. A good floral hopping really distinguishes itself and balances the sugar of the malts. Some maple and brown sugar aromas with some dried fruity notes.

Mollasess in the mouth with carmalized dates underneath. Crisp clean middle and finish that bursts with brown sugar and toffee. Very milky chocolate but light in flavor. Moderate bitterness on the finish yet the sugar of the malts is just a little too much. Not necessarily cloying thoug. Could be a little creamier and I think will gain some complexity with age. Actally I know it does as I've had multiple bottles aged.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2008 00:00:15 | More by mcallister
Photo of drpimento


3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one was poured with a small head. Very dark cherry color. It left almost no lace. It has a very rich, malty, sweet, caramel aromas and the same in the flavor. Hardly any noticable hop. Great mouth. Somewhat boozy. Bittersweet, but mostly sweet finish.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2007 01:12:33 | More by drpimento
Photo of cabsandking


3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with a thin, small bubbled pool. Roasted malt nose with some sweet fruits and buttery caramel notes. Really nice mouthfeel that is silky smooth and a touch of crisp fizz. Hearty roasted malt backbone with a burnt caramel sweetness, roasted grains, berry fruitiness, buttery, and nutty. Some bitterness is little more than I’d like but not too bad. A tad boozy but does smooth out towards the end. The finish is fairly clean with slight notes of sweet malt and nutty. Pretty drinkable even for its strength.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2007 03:20:25 | More by cabsandking
Photo of DaveFL1976


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love a good doppelbock.
Oh, how I love a good doppelbock.

Sadly, this wasn't one of them.

I sampled Bell's variety at their brewpub in Kalamazoo. It poured without much head and looked cola-like. The smell had wifts of a good doppelbock but seemed subdued. No pungent roasty-sweet aromas. No warmth of alcohol. Just not all that interesting. It paled in comparison to the New Holland doppelbock I had the day before.
Taste was nice. It had many of the flavours you look for in a doppelbock, just not enough of them. I probably won't order it again. There are better d-bocks out there.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2006 19:47:59 | More by DaveFL1976
Photo of shivtim


3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This doppelbock is a deep brown/red with off white head that lingers. The nose is incredibly subtle to the point where you have to struggle to smell anything. Maybe you get some light malt smell, maybe a bit of alcohol and some dense fruitness. Taste is nice sweet caramel and a little balancing roasted malts, followed by an ethanol finish. The mouthfeel is great; it's very smooth and even creamy... at least until the lingering alcohol finale. Drinkability is just average, with the mouthfeel being a plus and the tasteable 8%ABV being the big minus.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2006 01:46:51 | More by shivtim
Photo of DaPeculierDane


1.53/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Piss poor example of the style. Twice tasted from two barrels and twice disregarded as a cloying mess.

Appearance is an alright, if a tad light, hazed copper. Carbonation is light but lasting. No head. Aroma is sweet rancid vegetables and sweaty gym socks. Taste is fruit syrup and alcohol. Mouthfeel is way to sweet and entirely syrupy. Light body (although the syrup makes it feel heavy). No caramel, no roastedness, hardly a touch of malt or hops, just filth. Considering Bell’s consistency problems, I’ll try this again in a year and hope for improvement but for now this beer is a drain pour. The worst dopplebock I’ve tasted to date.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2006 20:09:20 | More by DaPeculierDane
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North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dirty brown with a burnt orange hue seemed a bit light for a doppelbock with a thin almost non existant head.Aromas were a bid bland I have to say some caramel and light molasses but nothing really stood out somewhat dissapointing.Flavors were marred by a real thin mouth feel for such a big beer almost watery somewhat sweet and grainy but kinda boring.Well I hate to say it because Bell's is one of my favorites but this beer really dissapoints there are to many other good doppelbocks to seek this one out.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2006 21:18:36 | More by oberon
Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,029 ratings.